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Mayor Muriel Bowser’s plan to shut the D.C. General family homeless shelter and replace it with smaller sites across the District faces scrutiny from the D.C. Council, which won’t vote on the plan until the administration answers more questions about it with greater detail. Critics have disparaged the plan for its reliance on leased, private land.


  • Are “pot clubs” in the District just a pipe dream? The D.C. Council will vote on them today. [City Desk]
  • The Federal Transit Administration has found some troubling safety deficiencies on Metro. [Post, NBC4]
  • Local Black Lives Matter activist Eugene Puryear critiques the Bernie Sanders movement. [The Atlantic]
  • Adams Morgan residents are pressuring a developer to keep the SunTrust Bank plaza semi-public. [WBJ]
  • Poll: Ex-Mayor Vince Gray leads incumbent Yvette Alexander by a double-digit margin. [Loose Lips]
  • A trio including the chef behind CakeLove says they will open edibles company DC Taste Buds. [Express]
  • A D.C. police officer reportedly “dry-fired” at a colleague as part of a training exercise. [WUSA9, NBC4]
  • Four people were injured in shootings that broke out across the District on Monday, per police. [Post]


  • Pay Your Taxes: A congressman who said he wouldn’t “bail out” D.C. has been delinquent on his taxes.
  • Scallop Season: The Rappahannock Oyster Company aims to restore the Chesapeake’s scallop population.
  • Dog vs. Bike Pump: What to do when man’s best friend freaks out about man’s most essential biking equipment?

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer (tips? wsommer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Congressman bashes the District’s handling of taxes, but doesn’t pay his own D.C. taxes on time. [LL]
  • Vince Gray campaign poll predicts big lead on Yvette Alexander in Ward 7. [LL]
  • More woes for Muriel Bowser‘s shelter plan. [Post]
  • D.C. Council set to ban pot clubs for good. [City Desk]
  • Longtime mayoral photographer gets the boot from District gov over “tax protest.” [WAMU]
  • Progressive group backs challengers to Bowser candidates. [LL]
  • Restaurant fight brews in Cathedral Commons. [WBJ]
  • What’s next for the Hebrew Home? [GGW]
  • Deborah Simmons has some “thoughts” on Metro and bike lanes. [Times]

ARTS LINKS, by Matt Cohen (tips? mcohen@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • “We have some type of high-functioning blandness we find ourselves in the midst of.” Puff Pieces talk D.C.’s blandness. [Spark Mag]
  • A list of all of this year’s Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists. [Post]
  • Local photographer Ryan Florig talks about his photo series on D.C.’s dirt bike and ATV riders. [Washingtonian]
  • Check out pics of Thao & The Get Down Stay Down at 9:30 Club. [Bandwidth]
  • How Mission Baroque has found its way to D.C. [WAMU]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? jsidman@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • CakeLove chef Warren Brown and co. to launch DC Taste Buds, a marijuana edibles company. [Express]
  • Spring restaurant and bar openings that slayed it [Thrillist]
  • A poutine truck is roaming the streets of D.C. once again. [Post]
  • Sharks, pig ice luges, blood ice cream at Cochon 555 this year [Eater]
  • Eight great places for afternoon tea around D.C. [Zagat]
  • Eight outdoor lunch spots around Dupont. [Washingtonian]